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Cairns is a very popular tourist destination as it provides the best access to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Barrier Reef. Whether you're starting or ending your trip in Cairns, you should spend a few extra days here. Visit The Great Barrier Reef, take a rafting trip, go skydiving, bungy jumping or visit Cape Tribulation to get the full experience of the northern region of Queensland. 

Population: 150,000

Vibe: Tropical, backpacker town with heaps of adventure activities to get stuck into

Known as: The best spot to explore the Great Barrier Reef


THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Cairns Lagoon

Snorkel/Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Sail to the outer reef on a catamaran and then swim amongst colourful fish, turtles and incredible coral formations, this is a Stray passenger favourite in Cairns!

AJ Hackett Bungy
Home of Australia's best bungy jump, adrenaline junkies do NOT want to miss this! Why not take a (literal) leap out of your comfort zone and throw yourself off a 50m tower for fun?

Hang out by the lagoon
One of the local hotspots, the Cairns lagoon is an iconic 4800 square metre swimming pool. Filled with salt water from the Trinity Inlet, the lagoon offers respite from the tropical north Queensland heat (without any dangers of jellyfish or crocodiles!)

Cape Tribulation Tour
Located in the heart of the Daintree rainforest, Cape Tribulation is a special place that should be on your Oz bucket list if it isn't already! Take a day tour from Cairns and witness the incredible views, mountain ranges, beaches and wildlife.

Visit the Northern beaches
The Northern beaches are found just 15 minutes from Cairns CBD. The palm tree lined beaches stretch for 26km along the beautiful coastline, and the local Cairns bus service picks up and drops off passengers at nearly every single one of them!


WHERE STRAY STAYS

Cairns Central YHA

This clean, modern, centrally located hostel is just a short walk away from Cairns train station (where Stray trips start/finish) and from the Cairns esplanade. With a swimming pool, air conditioned rooms, high speed WiFi and large common areas to chill out with friends - this is the backpacker hostel of dreams.

Address: 
20-26 McLeod Street
Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia
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Tel: +61 7 4051 0772

Cairns YHA hostel


CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CENTRAL CITY

BY TAXI

A taxi from Cairns Airport to the centre costs around $25-$30 and takes about 20-40 minutes. Follow the signs to the taxi ranks.

Cairns Esplanade


STRAY PASSES & TOURS THAT START IN CAIRNS

 

STRAY PASSES & TOURS THAT FINISH IN CAIRNS


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